Boonville will play No. 2 Centralia for the title on Friday starting at 8 p.m.
Boonville junior Camryn Monteer will be the first to admit that basketball is her second love right behind softball.
But after Wednesday night’s 56-32 win over Salisbury in the semifinal round of the Centralia Tournament in which Monteer scored a season-high 18 points, which included four three-pointers, Monteer may have second thoughts.
While improving to 3-1 on the season, the Lady Pirates will now advance to the championship to face No. 2 Centralia tonight starting at 8 p.m.
Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker said Salisbury did a great job of taking away their inside game by sagging defenders down on Lemmons.
“By doing so it did open up our perimeter game by allowing for many looks from behind the arc,” Hunziker said. “Camryn Monteer had a nice game with 18 points, including four three pointers with Hannah also knocking down three from behind the arc. Salisbury kept it fairly close within 10 points for most of the game but we had a very productive fourth quarter, where we scored 24 points. Our defense has been only giving up 30-35 points of late and we did another great job tonight of disrupting their offense and controlling the tempo. We will play Centralia in the Championship on Friday. We will have to make sure to take care of the ball since they like to press and get our defense set up quickly to take away transition points for them.”
With three players scoring in double figures for the game, the Lady Pirates also led Salisbury from the opening tip while going up 16-11 after one and 24-18 at the break. Meanwhile, in the second half, Boonville outscored the Lady Panthers 8-5 in the third to extend the lead to 32-23. However it wasn’t until the fourth that Boonville put the game out of reach by holding a 24-9 advantage.
In addition to scoring 18 points, Monteer also had three steals, three assists and one rebound in the game for Boonville.
Senior Hannah Fuemmeler finished the game with 15 points, five assists, four steals and one rebound while Jamie Lemmons added 10 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and one assist, Brynn Edwards seven points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists, Kate Peterson two points, three rebounds and one steal, Jacey Fenton two points, one rebound and one assist and Brooke Coleman with two points and one assist.
The Lady Pirates also fared better from the field than the foul line during the game while shooting 47 percent from both two and three-point range and only 46 percent from the charity stripe.
Marek was the only player in double figures for Salisbury with 14 points.
In other games on Wednesday, No. 2 Centralia beat No. 3 Macon 53-50 while No. 6 Hallsville defeated No. 7 Harrisburg in the consolation semifinals 47-35. In the other consolation semifinal game, North Callaway edged Sturgeon 57-54.
North Callaway and Hallsville will play for the consolation trophy on Friday at 5 p.m. while Macon and Salisbury will face off in the third place game at 6:30.